Former ambassador and counterterrorism expert to speak at Durham Castle dinner

The 11th century Norman castle at Durham.
The 11th century Norman castle at Durham.
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A TOP US diplomat is to speak at a high-profile fundraising dinner in memory of a Durham University graduate.

Daniel Benjamin, who served as ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counterterrorism under Hilary Clinton, is the guest speaker at the Michael McCarthy Memorial Dinner at Durham Castle.

Michael, an American lawyer and strong believer in the UK-US alliance, was a postgraduate student at Durham from 2000-2003. He died suddenly in 2012.

Friend Jonathan Slinger, a prominent writer on foreign policy, is organising the memorial dinner which takes place on November 15.

He said: “The dinner will raise money for a travel bursary for a University College postgrad to visit the US. I hope the fund will be extended in the future to offer a bursary to a local school student.

“Michael and I both studied and discussed foreign policy a great deal.”

Tickets cost £95, but are available for £76 until 5pm on November 6.

•For more details and to buy tickets, click here.